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Research Round-up – July, August and September

A Book published, and a play:

  • Ingrid Horrocks launched a co-edited book (with Cherie Lacey), Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand (Wellington, Victoria  University Press, 2016) at Unity Books, Wellington,  on Tuesday 26 July. http://vup.victoria.ac.nz/extraordinary-anywhere-essays-on-place-from-aotearoa-new-zealand/ Three essays by School of English and Media Studies staff are included in the collection:
    • Horrocks, I.A. with Cherie Lacey, “Writing Here” (8-20).
    • Horrocks, I.A. “Writing Pukeahu: A Year (and More) of Walking in Place” (78-93).
    • Ross, J. “On the Road to Nowhere: Revisiting Samuel Butler’s Erewhon (131-45).
    • The book is also a collaboration with two designer researchers from the College of Creative Arts, Jo Bailey and Anna Brown.

Ingrid Horrocks discussed the collection with Wallace Chapman and Professor Harry Ricketts on Radio NZ: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday










  • Associate Professor Elspeth Tilley’s play ‘Waiting for Go’, was performed at the ‘Short+Sweet International Short Play Festival 2016 Canberra Season, Week 1 Top 20 plays’, Canberra Theatre Centre, 9-12 August.


‘Waiting for Go’ at the Canberra Short & Sweet Festival, featuring Ben Harris and Samuel Gordon Bruce







A number of articles and book chapters appeared by English and Media Studies staff:

  • Hazou, Rand T. (2016, January 1). “Performing digital: Multiple perspectives on a living archive” [Book Review]. Australasian Drama Studies, (68), 209-213.
  • Hazou, Rand. (2016, January 1). Real men at play: Massive Company’s the Brave. Australasian Drama Studies, (68), 97-117.
  • Gruber, D.R. (2016). “A review of ‘American Lobotomy: A Rhetorical History’ by Jenell Johnson” [Book Review] Configurations2: 263-265.  See http://muse.jhu.edu/article/626106
  • Ross, Jack. “Company.” In An Encounter in the Global Village: Selected Stories from the 14th International Conference on the Short Story in English (English-Chinese). Ed. Jin Hengshan. Shanghai: East China Normal University Press, July 2016. 366-77.
  • Ross, Jack. “Eketahuna.” In Influence and Confluence: East and West. A Global Anthology on the Short Story. Ed. Maurice A. Lee. Shanghai: East China Normal University Press, July 2016. 388-95.
  • Simon Sigley published two videos, Loren from Wellington and Ken from Dunedin in the interviewprojectnz.com series of portraits of ‘ordinary’ New Zealanders.
  • Steer, Philip had an essay published: ‘Colonial Ecologies’, in A History of New Zealand Literature, (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
  • Huffer, Ian had an article published: ‘New Zealand film on demand: searching for national cinema online’ in Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, Vol 30, Issue.
  • Associate Professor Elspeth Tilley had an article published: ‘Theatre in the Age of Climate Change: An Educator’s View’, in Howlround: A knowledge commons by and for the theatre community, Boston, MA: Office of the Arts, Emerson College.

Staff made connections and gave presentations around New Zealand and around the world:

  • Dr Thom Conroy was a panel member at the Hamilton Book Month Fiction Panel, Hamilton, 17 August.
  • Dr Kevin Glynn travelled to Santa Muerte to conduct Marsden funded fieldwork and also to [participate in a workshop on neoliberalism and urban poverty.
  • Associate Professor Joe Grixti presented: ‘Indigenous Media and the Disjunctive Flows of Globalization’, and chaired a panel at the ‘XI European Conference on Social and Behavioural Sciences’, Sapienza University, Rome, 1 – 4 September.
  • Dr Ingrid Horrocks presented ‘“I am strangely displaced”: Troubling Romantic Mobilities’, at the ‘North-American Society for the Study of Romanticism Conference’, University of California, Berkeley, USA, 11-14 August.
  • Dr Mary Paul presented: ‘Substitution and seclusion in Life Writing teaching’, at Ahi Ka: Building the Fire’creative writing conference, AUT, Auckland, 10 September.
  • Dr Jack Ross attended a short story conference in Shanghai from 12-16 July 2016 and gave the following presentations:

Jack Ross: “Settler & Speculative Fiction in the NZ Short Story: A Tale of Two Anthologies,” a paper given at the 14th International Conference on the Short Story in English: “Influence and Confluence in the Short Story: East and West” (East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, 13-16 July 2016).

Jack Ross: Member of Plenary Panel on “Influence and Confluence in the Short Story: East and West” at  the 14th International Conference on the Short Story in English, with Dr Hensheng Jin (chair) and fellow-panellists Fang Fang, Yu Hua, Zhao Mei, Su Tong, Bi Feiyu, Robert Olen Butler, and Evelyn Conlon (East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, 13-16 July 2016).

Jack Ross: Member of Panel on “‘The V word’ – Voice in the New Zealand Short Story” at  the 14th International Conference on the Short Story in English: “Influence and Confluence in the Short Story: East and West,” with Tracey Slaughter (chair) and fellow-panellists Bronwyn Lloyd, Frankie McMillan and Leanne Radojkovich (East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, 13-16 July 2016).










  • Dr Jack Ross presented: ‘What should a magazine called Poetry NZ look like?’, and gave a Poetry Reading: ‘Poetry Adventures on and off the page’, at the University of Canberra Poetry Festival, 6-16 September.
  • Dr Philip Steer presented a co-authored paper: ‘Signatures of the Carboniferous: Coal Power in the Age of Man’, at the ‘V-Cologies conference’, Davis University, California, 16-17 September.
  • Dr Sy Taffel’s film: ‘Connect to the Heartland’, was screened as part of a Palmerston North-based Massey Residence Halls film night, 27 September and at Takaro Rotary Club in Palmerston North, 29 September.
  • Dr Kim Worthington presented a co-authored paper: ‘Reading Coetzee’s Women’, at a Conference hosted by Monash University in Prato, Italy, 27-29 September.
  • Associate Professor Bryan Walpert gave a presentation, ‘Border Crossers: Identity, Place and New Zealand Voice(s)’, at the ‘Ahi Ka: Building the Fire’ creative writing conference, AUT, Auckland, 10 September.

The School hosted a conference on Creative Writing: Building the Fire

  • On 10 and 11 September, Dr Thom Conroy, English and Media Studies, organised ‘Ahi Ka: Building the Fire’, the second creative writing colloquium sponsored by the Aotearoa Creative Writing Research Network. The colloquium was co-organised with the Auckland University of Technology and held at their city campus. The conference committee consisted of Dr Thom Conroy and Associate Professor Bryan Walpert from the School of English and Media Studies, and James George from AUT. The keynote speaker was the Pasifika poet and lecturer Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh.












Ahi Ka: Building the Fire keynote speaker Selina Tusitala Marsh     













Dr Thom Conroy at ‘Ahi Ka: Building the Fire’


And hosted events that allowed others to connect and imagine together:

  • July 1 saw 187 high school students and teachers hosted on Wellington campus for the Create1World Global Citizenship and Creative Activism Conference. Attendees heard from 16 national and international creative activists via a global Zoom linkup, heard the Kiwi students who were chosen as finalists in the national #Create1World competition present their song-writing, performance, media and creative writing entries for judging, and got together to brainstorm creative solutions to planetary problems, which will be presented as a report to political leaders.  Radio New Zealand covered the conference here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/standing-room-only/audio/201807707/creative-activism


Lizzie Marvelly, BA graduate and guest judge, with finalists from Wellington College; a team of six performers from St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland took out first place in the performance category with their short play ‘Stories of Syria’.






  • The School’s series, ‘Creativity at the Centre’, presented award winning Austrian author Julienne van Loon at the Manawatu Campus on 17 August.













  • Hosted ‘Chicago Style Improvised Theatre: A Weekend Immersion Workshop’, in the Wellington Theatre Lab on 12 August.
  • On 28 September, ‘Pukeahu ki Tua Think Differently Wellington’ sponsored: ‘Imagining Together’, a multidisciplinary panel discussion about creativity at Wellington campus organised by Associate Professor Elspeth Tilley, School of English and Media Studies, Ms Stella Robertson, College of Creative Arts, and Dr Martina Battisti, Massey Business School. The panellists: Juliette Hogan, (Fashion Designer),  David Clayton, (Animation Supervisor, Weta Digital), Jason O’Hara, (Artist/Photographer), Greg Ellis, (Theatre/Comedy), Dr  Ingrid Horrocks, School of English and Media Studies, (Creative Writer), and Warren Maxwell, (Musician), explored the differences and similarities in their creative process through a discussion of risk and uncertainty in creative careers.




‘Imagining Together’, Wellington Campus, 28 September







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